Pittsburgh Magic

By: Amanda Narcisi

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Magic has long been a part of Pittsburgh’s rich history. Most notably was Harry Houdini performed a dangerous stunt at the corner of Liberty and Wood Street in November of 1916. This act was reenacted two years ago by local magician Lee Terbosic. 

Magic to Liberty

Not very far from intersection will be a new magical experience, Liberty Magic. Liberty Magic was created by the team Scott Shiller, the Vice President of Artistic Planning for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, as the producer and artistic advisors Dennis Watkins and Lee Terbosic. 

Eric Jones is the performing magician with the show Impossible. This will be an intimate setting; The theater sits no more than 70. Impossible will be on stage for six weeks, February 6th-March 17th where Eric Jones will blur reality and illusion with cards flying and coins multiplying. 

From March 20th-May 12th, Liberty Magic will be the stage for In Plain Sleight, a new show by Lee Terbosic. In Plain Sleight will leave the audience stunned with sleight of hand, mind-reading, escape and storytelling.

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Meet Eric Jones

Eric Jones has been perfuming magic for more than 10 years. He has performed at Magic Castle in Hollywood and Monday Night Magic in NYC, the longest running Off-Broadway magic show. Eric Jones was a contestant on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent where the judges raved about his performance: “You are BRILLIANT”-Simon Cowell

Meet Lee Terbosic

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Lee Terbosic is a nationally-touring magician. His latest project: Houdini’s Last Secrets debuts on the Discovery Science Channel in January. Lee Terbosic has appeared on America’s Got Talent, Four Weddings on TLC and Now You See It. His biggest stunt was Houdini100, where he performed the same stunt Harry Houdini did in 1916 a the corner of Liberty and Wood. The Houdini100 show was watched by thousands. Lee Terbosic’s latest show was 52 Up Close at Hotel Monaco.

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Attending the Magic


Liberty Magic will open in February 2019. Seating is General Admission for $40. Performances will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday 5p.m. and 8p.m., and Sunday at 6:30p.m. 


There is a special Skeleton Key VIP Experience for $65. This experience will “unlock” the first two rows of Liberty Magic. The Skelton Key VIP Experience will also allow the ticket holder to participate in the show and have the chance to purchase merchandise not available to everyone. 


Liberty Magic is recommended for ages 18 and over, however, no one under the age of 12 will be admitted. There is also a special space for small parties, visit TrustArts.org/Groups for more information.


Liberty Magic is BYOB with a $5 corkage fee so bring your favorite wine or beer to enjoy. Liberty Magic has no dress code, however it is encouraged to dress in a cocktail attire for a special evening. 


For tickets and more information visit https://trustarts.org/pct_home/events/series/liberty-magic 

How about a bite to eat before the show? Check out our piece on Fogo De Chao and Or the Whale.